Three years ago, a fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico led to the disaster we all know as the BP oil spill.
The impact on our environment, our local businesses, and Gulf Coast families was severe -- and it's only fair that BP and others responsible be held accountable for getting our region back on track.
That's why I'm so proud we passed the RESTORE Act last year. The bipartisan legislation will direct 80 percent of BP's civil penalties -- billions of dollars -- back to the Gulf Coast so that we can restore our coastal ecosystems and help the industries affected by the spill.
This funding will be a game-changer: Louisiana has already passed a Master Plan for the coast to bring us back stronger and better than ever before, and the RESTORE Act will ensure we have the financial resources we need to make this plan a reality.
So today, on the three-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, we don't look backward -- we look forward. And I hope you'll join me in rededicating ourselves to making Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast, better than ever by sharing this Facebook graphic with everyone you know:
As someone who has spent a good part of my public career fighting for our coast, I couldn't be more excited about what the future has in store for our state. The entire Gulf region is an incredibly precious place on our planet, one that is certainly worth supporting -- and the RESTORE Act will help us do just that.
Now, let's start building.